09 April 2006

Ex-RUC man helped find Donaldson

Sunday Business Post

By Colm Heatley
09 April 2006

Image Hosted by ImageShack.usA former RUC officer was one of the two men who exposed the whereabouts of the self-confessed British spy Denis Donaldson in a Sunday tabloid last month.

Colin Breen, who worked in Tennent Street station in Belfast and is now retired, travelled to the Glenties area of Co Donegal with a Sunday World journalist to track down Donaldson.

Breen, who allegedly has close ties with the Special Branch, secretly videotaped Donaldson outside his remote hideaway five miles from Glenties. He is not a Sunday World staff member, and the newspaper’s regular staff photographers were not used.

The newspaper printed the pictures and location of Donaldson, which until then was unknown to the public. The secretly-filmed video was also sold to a number of British television stations. Donaldson was shot dead at the cottage on Tuesday.

Gardai refused to say whether the Sunday World journalist who wrote the story, Hugh Jordan, or Breen would be interviewed as part of their inquiries.

‘‘For operational reasons, we are unable to comment on the ongoing investigation,” a spokeswoman said. Gardai also refused to say whether they knew the two men were in Donegal searching for Donaldson.

It is understood that, in recent years, Breen has worked as a freelance video-maker. He was unavailable for comment at his home in Belfast this weekend.

The revelation that a former RUC man was involved in the report has caused concern within the nationalist community in the North.

In his newspaper story, Jordan described how he searched for Donaldson in Donegal for a number of days. However, no mention was made of Breen’s role.

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